From left to right: Patricia Ramírez and Katerina Sánchez, program manager of Grupo Guayacán.
Grupo Guayacán announced the selection of 31 teams of entrepreneurs to participate in the 14th edition of the I-Corps Puerto Rico idea validation program (I-Corps PR).
Women-led teams make up the majority – 18 – of the current cohort, confirmed Grupo Guayacán. The virtual training and idea validation workshops began on April 1 and will continue for two months with the support of 22 mentors.
“We have a very diverse group of participants, with 78 people who will directly benefit from the program to validate business ideas in the healthcare, education, technology, solid waste management and agriculture sectors. “, said Patricia Ramírez, head of the I-Corps program. .
“The past has demonstrated that future business leaders will emerge from this cohort of entrepreneurs, and we are confident that the program will provide them with the skills to develop their business ideas,” she said.
The cohort is Grupo Guayacán’s first program in 2022, which it will follow with the completion of the participant selection process for its Guayacán Venture Accelerator program. Meanwhile, the call for the EnterPRize business competition remains open until today.
“Each of our programs plays an important role in the development of our entrepreneurs and their contribution to the Puerto Rican economy,” said Laura Cantero, Executive Director of Grupo Guayacán.
“For example, in 2021, Guayacán directly supported 73 businesses across all of its programs, providing more than 620 contact hours in training and mentoring services and awarding more than $290,000 in seed capital,” a- she declared.
“These 73 companies represent nearly 1,100 direct jobs and generate an overall sales volume of approximately $90 million. This demonstrates that our programs have a real impact on the lives of our entrepreneurs, their communities and our economy,” said Cantero.